It was a beautiful day in Chamonix, in the salons of the Plan B, base camp of the Chamonix Film Festival, last June. Sophie Lavaud was telling us about her passion for high altitude. Her progression, from Mont Blanc in 2004 to the Central Shishapangma in 2012. Then this quest for the fourteen 8000. 2020 was a year without. A year without 8000. Covid and closed borders.
Last year, Sophie Lavaud put an end to the scoumoune by climbing Dhaulagiri, 8167 m, after three unsuccessful attempts. But a summit has meanwhile been added to the list: having only climbed Shishapangma Central, 8013 m, in 2012, she needs to return to climb the main summit, 8027 m. With China closed since the covid, Sophie Lavaud has planned her priorities for 2022: spring for her last Nepalese 8000. But not the least. Lhotse. “It’s a big mountain” says Sophie. “Lhotse, we minimize it because it is the little brother of Everest, but it is the 4th highest summit in
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